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walks onto the debate stage wednesday night, mitt romney will now he's behind. know he needs to catch up. needs to win the night. what can he show of himself that he hasn't shown before and what does he need to show of barack obama that we don't already know? seeing is believing. the three times the debates have changed the lead in a presidential race. each time it was about the words, but also that something else, something that told voters what they didn't know and all of a sudden mattered a lot. and finally, bad numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his
>>> 24 this morning on "meet the press," mitt romney needs a game changer. is the first presidential debate it? >>> his back now against the wall, romney is behind in all of our background polls. the candidate presses for a rebound. >> we do not want four more years of where we've been. i reprent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic g
back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can reach tens of millions of people? why isn't it too late to believe that after you announce your running mate, after you have your own convention, that you can restart with the presidential debates? >> absolutely. you'll have tens of millions of people for the very first time, david, really tuning in and paying attention to this race. and also for the first time you're going to have them be able to make a direct side-by-side comparison. remember, at the end of the day, campaigns are about the candidates. and they're going to be able to see the two candidates next to each other, debating each other, and governor
romney as he tries to steady his campaign. joining us for a debate of their own, democratic governor of massachusetts, devalue patrick and kelly welcome to both of you. >> thanks, david. >> a lot to get to. let's start with the issue of taxes. mitt romney's tax returns showing in 2011 he paid 14%. he didn't have a job. this was interest income. governor, should this end the debate or should there be more? >> i understand people's interest and curiosity about the tax returns. his dad said tax returns for presidential candidate should be produced way back many years and i think it produced 20 years worth of tax returns when he was considered vice president. the more important issue is what is it he plans to do with my taxes and yours and everybody els. he has a tax plan where he's talking $5 trillion in tax cut, adding to the deficit, no way to pay for it and no idea about what the impact is. >> the question of more returns and what they are holding, you don't think it's appropriate -- >> i think it's a fair question. the bigger question is what is it he plans to do with everybody else
, education and how to fix american schools. our interviews with the president and governor romney here tonight. >>> the replacement. the call that had football fans across the country howling at the nfl to bring back the professional referees. >>> and tighten up. how little space could you live in? some folks in san francisco are about to find out. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening and tonight we're in midtown manhattan, high above the new york city public library, which for the past few days has been the headquarters of education nation, our annual summit on education where today we heard from both president obama and mitt romney, a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear them both out on one issue in the same day, something they say should be a big national priority. both men crisscrossed new york today, both made news during their travels. romney in what he told us, and his visit with bill clinton and president obama who stepped before the united nations general assembly talked about the recent violence against americans and e
, is it romney or the republicans? what are we looking at these past few weeks, a failed political party or simply a failing candidate. if the g.o.p. candidate loses, will it look like the conservative argument itself has been beaten? or suddenly the republican brand itself in the battles ahead. put up your mitt. everyone is saying it comes down to the debate. with no drama, will obama give mitt romney the opening. will he swing wild enough to let romney turn it around. will he keep the bouts low-key and low risk. war and remembrance. it's the 10th anniversary for me and our intrepid band of journalists. we celebrate the moments and a political sound bite hall of fame. hi, i'm chris matthews, welcome to our 10th anniversary show. the "washington post" bob woodward, the bbc's katty kay, nbc's kelly o'donnell, and "time"'s joe klein. first up on this 10th anniversary show, mitt romney's losing weeks has conservatives panicked. they might lose to the president who was vulnerable, but this could trim conservative sales. could they keep stone walling the president as the country gets closer t
: good evening to you, savannah, mitt romney just wrapped up an event here, the third of the day. he has really been trying to pick up the pace, spending more time here in ohio than any other state. at every campaign stop, mitt romney has hit the same theme. i care about you. >> these are tough times, even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: as new polls show ohio slipping away. romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll. after that video of romney talking disparagingly about the 47% who pay no income tax. today, from romney, more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, no republican has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to win ohio, in part because i have support f
and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i think it will be a good debate,
mitt romney campaign today in the important battleground state of ohio. yesterday president obama addressed the united nations general assembly where syria and iran took center stage. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. >> reporter: good morning. the focus ohio, as you said, a key battleground state where the president now has a big lead. >> i accept that people will call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >> fresh off his speech at the united nations, president obama heads to ohio today with an eight-point lead according to "the washington post." mitt romney is there today, too, talking jobs and taxes. >> is there anybody who thinks that raising taxes will help grow the economy? >> no! >> his plan is to continue what he has done before. the status quo has not worked. >> romney attacking someone on taxes? that's like me attacking someone for being fashion nat in politics. >> reporter: romney is at a two-day bus tour with his running mate. >> after four years of getting the run-around, america needs a turn-around. >> reporter: it's
was a reaction to what had just happened hours before in cairo. >> reporter: mitt romney says it raises questions to how the first statements could be so wrong. >> there was a great deal of confusion about that from the very beginning on the part of the administration. and whether that was something they were trying to paper over, or whether it was instead just confusion to give an uncertain intelligence report, time will tell. >> reporter: intelligence officials tonight say they offered their honest assessment at the time, and warned that the information was preliminary. republicans note that even the democrat whose chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, john kerry, wants more answers, co-signing a bipartisan letter asking for more details. but he told nbc's andrea mitchell that it should not be a partisan issue. >> the republicans are working overtime to try to exploit a very normal, run of the course, administrative letter that we agreed to on a bipartisan basis in our committee, simply to get some additional questions put in front of the state department. >> reporter: republicans
presidential debate. tonight inside the obama and romney debate camps. how the candidates are preparing for the showdown. >>> making the case. the supreme court begins. >>> and carmageddo 2. what happened this weekend when one of the busiest highways in the countries was shut down. how did california cope with its freeway car free? >>> good evening from the joint command headquarters of the international security assistance force in kabul. we have been traveling through this country all week trying to take measure of this war, another insider attack has left a u.s. soldier and an american civilian dead. that brings the death toll to 2,118. so far this year, 267 have been killed. 31 of those killed at the hands of afghan police and military members. insider attacks. tonight against the backdrop of next month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the m
immigration law. >>> now to decision 2012. this morning, debate prep for president obama and mitt romney who are getting ready for the first faceoff on wednesday. trac tracie potts has a look. >> reporter: the president is preparing to face mitt romney in denver on wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but, what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. romney will be prepared and disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john kerry playing romney in the weekend rehearsal. looking to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >>
>>> this morning on "early today," trail challenge. republican mitt romney looks to jump start his campaign after a rough couple of weeks. >>> and the emmy goes to -- who were all the big winners on primetime television's biggest night. >>> and con air. a real life catch me if you can, as italian police arrest a man posing as a pilot. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello. good morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a battleground blitz. mitt romney is hoping for a fresh start this week following his recent setbacks. romney is planning a bus tour in a crucial state he needs to win the election. over the weekend, the obama campaign pounded on his 47% comments. nbc's brian mooar has the very latest from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, veronica. mitt romney wants to turn the conversation back to jobs, the economy and leadership after a week spent largely on defense. >> well, i'll tell you what, this has been an interesting week. >> reporter: interesting, perhaps, but mitt rom
tonight, the reset for mitt romney, or so they hope coming off a bad weeks, unleashing a new attack on president obama, regarding the chaos in the east. >>> and fighting breast cancer, what they hope can be a new breakthrough in a new roadmap to more effective teaching. >>> and education nation summit, what is coming to just about every school in the country. question is, are teachers and students ready for what is on the way. >>> a broken heart, could it really be fatal? tonight, the doctors who say yes and warn that women have the most to worry about. >>> and the panda, why it is proving so difficult to save these animals. >>> this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if the race for president seems to have an urgency not fully supported by the calendar, then think of it this way. there are roughly a thousand hours to go before the election. every day and moment counts for the incumbent president and the man trying to unseat him. while both men have squared off in separate interviews over the last 24 hours, the first debate is still at least week away. and co
of fund-raising in california, mitt romney is now taking his campaign back to the bat ground states. we will show you what issues they are focusing on now. >>> happening right now, firefighters in southern california are rushing to contain this brushfire near the mexico border. the fire started this afternoon 65 miles east of san diego. within hours the flames spread to 1,000 acres. that's a mile and a half square. those who live nearby are under evacuation orders tonight. so far, no up with has been injured an the cause of the fire surnd investigation. >>> in the race for the white house, mitt romney answered the question today on whether his campaign is off course. that while republican supporters are demanding more from their candidate. here's nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: looking to bounce back from a rough couple of weeks, the romney campaign is defiantly optimistic, but aware of the urgency to avoid distractions and effectively deliver its economic message. >> getting america back to work again. having people have dignity of a job with good pay. i will fight like the dickens
street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. the two, however, are neck in >> reporter: earlier this week we were reporting new numbers for ohio and florida where president obama had a lead. new polls tell us in some battleground states it's much closer. mitt romney's message to donors last night. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads on thursday. >> if i could sit down around with you at your kitchen table, here is what i would say. >> reporter: something new called economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> romney saying the nation's debt is more than just paper. >> that is held by somebody. someone holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick be the facts. it's all about the economy.
. >> it's considered a must win state for mitt romney but it's now out of reach or is it. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail. plus -- >> coming up i'll show you how parents are fighting back after seeing an increase of prostitutes outside this san jose elementary school. >> prostitutes near the playground. parents say it's happening near washington elementary school in san jose. >> not just at night but actually during school hours. marianne favro joins us with a look at the problem and what parents are doing. they have to be outraged. >> reporter: they certainly are. they say it's been going on for months. more than 100 parents plan to walk this neighborhood tomorrow night to raise awareness about the prostitution problem here. they say that hookers are doing business right in front of this school. school's out at washington elementary in san jose. parents are on edge worried what their kids will see on the way home. too often they see prostitutes. >> they happen in the day, in the night, all the time. you can see ladies walking in the street. >> alicia grew up in this ne
nations while mitt romney's camp is hoping for a fresh start. romney kicked off a tour of ohio this morning. romney wants to shift the conversation back to jobs and economy and leadership after last week's release of the secret videotape. he wants to focus on more tax information. he gave his taxes out. he is hoping to get back on the attack against president obama. >> you know, you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. we will give him that chance on november 6th. >> president obama releasing a tv ad blasting romney for criticizing 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes without coming clean of his own. the first debate is set for october 3rd. >>> international news now. a chinese factory that makes parts for the iphone 5 is shutting down. >> our scott mcgrew says it is hard to get details about what actually happened. >> it is. bloggers are saying the fight involved as many as 2,000 workers and interrupted they say after a foxcon guard beat an employee. honhai says 40 workers were hospitalized and it took 5,000 police officers t
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the president and mitt romney agree on -- education reform. the details of their plans coming up next. >>> and a little riot with big consequences. the video just surfacing now of a fight at the apple product factory in china. >>> and did you hear what happened during monday night football? why it's more than just wins and money on the line here. we'll tell you about it. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. fog already building back at the coastline right now. and temperatures close to the 50s in san francisco. and plenty of heat in livermore with 85 degrees. if you're headed out to the giants game for tonight, do expect the fog and mid-50s. we're back with the seven-day forecast in minutes. >>> even if you're not a football fan, you might have heard what happened last night. the seemingly botched call on the final play of the game between the seattle seahawks and green bay packers. it clearly appears the packers intercepted the ball and won the game. however, the replacement referees ruled otherwise, saying the seahawks player had control of th
for joining us. >>> this morning on "meet the press," the pressure is on as mitt romney stumbles and the president is widening his lead six weeks before the election. where is the debate headed? romney looks for a comeback. washington cannot be changed from the inside. >> he said he can't change washington from the inside. we are going to give him that chance in november, he's going outside. >> romney's worst week of the campaign after the release of the 2011 tax return and the infamous recording from a fund-raiser. our debate this morning about the 47%. taxes and government dependence with two top surrogates for the candidate. devalue pat trick and republican senator from new hampshire kelly. >>> our political round table. under fire. what is the turn around plan? are romney's troubles overstated and what to look for as the candidates prepare for the debate? with us, senior adviser for the republican campaign and host of morning joe, joe scarborough, david brooks and democratic strategist dee dee meyer. chuck todd on what the polls tell us about the race. >>> announcer: from nbc
romney and his campaign even more critical. in eye way, early voting started yesterday and the turnout is breaking records, well over double four years ago. with an nbc poll reporting president barack obama leads romney in all key swing states, experts say it could hurt the gop. >> all totalled in these nine battleground states and we're going to see, look, romney needs a shift of a whole discussion and reframing of the campaign. >> romney says he's looking forward to the event and hopes for one liners and gotcha statements. >>> a ban of carrying rifles and shotguns, the new law makes it a misdemeanor to display an unloaded firearm outside of a vehicle. there are exemptions for hunters and rural areas. this was introduced after unloaded guns in protests and rallies over previous good laws. the ban sparked lengthy debates with the bill attempting to infringe on second amendment rights. >>> are you ready for football in los angeles? it's been 17 years since the raiders left l.a. to return to the bay area. here comes another attempt to get an nfl franchise in l.a. the city council in los
, mitt romney, speak at the clinton global initiative annual meeting also today. in nearly back-to-back speeches. hot topics for both, the u.s. response to anti-american protests across the muslim world. and we'll have more on this coming up. >>> now let's head to wall street and cnbc's courtney reagan is at the new york stock exchange. tell us more about the global bacon shortage on the way. al is very concerned this morning. he can't function. >> as are a number of others. this could be true, if you're a bacon lover, you better start hoarding it now. according to britain's national pig association, a worldwide shortage of pork and bacon next year is unavoidable. it's a result of the drought that hit much of the country this year. which damaged the crops used to feed the pigs. so the group predicts that the number of slaughtered pigs could fall by 10% in the second half of next year, and that could cause prices to double in some areas. natalie, back to you. >> stocking up now. courtney reagan, thanks. >>> what better way to show a little school spirit than to boogie down. the o
or break for mitt romney? the political dream team, brokaw, gregory, todd here to weigh in. >> thirst, remember the guinness world attempt for the most pullups in 24 hours. there has been a significant development overnight. we will talk to david coming up. >>> we want to begin with the deadly shooting at a business in minneapolis. kevin tibbles is there. good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, witnesses say the alleged 36-year-old gunman may have lost his job here at the accent sign company sometime yesterday morning. he then turned a quiet afternoon tragic, opening fire on fellow employees. by the time he was done, five people were dead, including the shooter who turned the gun on himself. police say a man opened fire inside a small sign company late thursday afternoon. a woman living near the business says one worker took shelter in her home for about 30 minutes. >> he came running up the side of the garage in the front, asked my husband if he could use a phone, said he was running from the shooter. he watched his boss get shot and his best friend and two other people. it is tr
's move to politics now. >>> president obama and mitt romney are fine-tuning their message to voters with the first presidential debate just one week away. chuck todd is nbc's political director, chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. no swing state has been harder for mitt romney to gain traction in than ohio. it's why he has this bus trip this week. he is trying to get it back into play. the president is heading there today to try to put the state away. it's why they're both there this morning. >> it is time to get the real refs, and it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it's time to get out. >> reporter: the republican ticket is hoping their bus tour will make up lost ground in ohio as polls hoe mitt romney trailing president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on tacks. >> i admit this one thing he did not do in his first four years, he has said he is going to do in the next four years which is to raise taxes, and is there anybody that
politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to sh
. >>> romney and obama trying to l lower expectations ahead of the first presidential debate. >> he's a debater. i'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his failed marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s.
of his campaign, mitt romney's campaign is focused on jump-starting the defense and economic message with many republicans pressing him to sharpen his tone. looking to restore confidence in his campaign, a defiantly optimistic mitt romney rallied supporters under the lights in denver late sunday. >> i need your help. we have got to stand together. we have got to work together. we're taking back america. we must keep this nation the hope of the earth! >> reporter: earlier romney refused to concede he's an underdog in a series of battleground states and accused the president of consistently distorting his positions. >> i'm not going to try to fool people into making people think things he doesn't. he's trying to fool people to make them believe i think things that i don't. and that ends during the debate. >> reporter: privately romney and the president have been preparing for the debates, the first here in denver next week, but publicly the two campaigns are trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponent's debate skills. for his part on "60 minutes," president obama de
'm lester holt. thanks for joining us. >>> 24 this morning on "meet the press," mitt romney needs a game changer. is the first presidential debate it? >>> his back now against the wall, romney is behind in all of our background polls. the candidate presses for a rebound. >> we do not want four more years of where we've been. i represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph r
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